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I had a call this week from my local VW dealer offering me a flat 2K off the price of a new VW Golf or Golf Plus. I was told they had a selection of new - NOT pre-registered - Golf and Golf Pluses in, different models, colours and engines, and they were being sold on a first come first basis at 2K off the list price. The buyer's name would be first on the vehicle doc.

My local VW dealership has a reptuation for not haggling on price so I have been told so this was quite a surprise indeed to get this kind of call.

Is this because new car sales are faltering?

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I had a call this week from my local VW dealer offering me a flat 2K off the price of a new VW Golf or Golf Plus. I was told they had a selection of new - NOT pre-registered - Golf and Golf Pluses in, different models, colours and engines, and they were being sold on a first come first basis at 2K off the list price. The buyer's name would be first on the vehicle doc.

My local VW dealership has a reptuation for not haggling on price so I have been told so this was quite a surprise indeed to get this kind of call.

Is this because new car sales are faltering?

Had the same from a Subaru dealer last week , £4000.00 off a new Not Pre-registered Impreza WRX, £17995.00 on the road

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The in crowd want something on the larger side, more piratey perhaps:

http://www.channel4.com/4car/news/news-sto...p?news_id=14771

New Models: British Motor Show: Hummer to debut in UK

29 Jun 06 15:22

Hummer H3 - just don't tell Ken Livingstone...

Hummers are to be officially imported into the UK with a launch at the British International Motor Show.
Hummer's display will feature the left-hand drive H2 and the new, midsize H3, which will be available with right-hand drive from 2007.
Starting in the fourth quarter of 2006, the Hummer H3 will be assembled at a second factory, the General Motors plant in Struandale, South Africa. The additional volume is scheduled for markets in Europe, Asia Pacific, the Middle East and Africa, with a right-hand drive version added to the South African production in early 2007, to be followed by an optional diesel engine later.
Despite rising petrol prices and increased awareness of the threat of global warming, sales of the Hummer brand nearly doubled in 2005 (61,000 2005; 31,000 units in 2004). While much of this growth was led by the H3 in the US,
the brand also saw expansion in Europe, Mexico, Canada and the Middle East.

The great sucking noise you will soon be hearing around Chelsea will be your neighbour's Humvee swilling petrol down on the way to the wine bar for a bottle of Margaux.

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How bizarre, no more than an hour ago a department secretary popped her head round the corner to say that her's son's dealership were flogging Ford Ka's for 2K off "this weekend only".

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Impreza has ben available new at this for nearly two years (and actually a lot lower)

VW discount massively. Always did. always will on everything except that they can get away with - which at the moment means Golf GTI, Golf R32 and the new GT170 diesels in the Golfs.

Ford list a Ford Ka at over £7K, everybody knows you can a new one for about £5K if you look hard enough.

The deals are no better than normal (and sound worse), designed to make the masses think they are getting a bargain, they are not.

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Dealers are a rip-off all round. My Audi A4 has been making some unsavoury noises recently so I took it to the Audi dealer and they diagnosed a new catalyst and the connecting pipes. 780 pounds. Off to my friendly local garage that happens to specialise in exhaust systems and they are doing the entire job for 260 pounds. :)

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In fact, it's the Ka Collection with air they are pushing at the moment, and £2,600 plus off is easy to find, makes it sub £6K.

And thinking about it, VW has just redone the spec levels so many dealers still have cars from March that are approaching the 90 days before they need to pay for them. If you want a Golf Plus, test drive it properly, huge frontal area cuts the economy (less than 40mpg on the 2.0tdi) and the 1.4 is slower than walking and the flexible rear seat actually cuts legroom......

Edited by Rachman

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In fact, it's the Ka Collection with air they are pushing at the moment, and £2,600 plus off is easy to find, makes it sub £6K.

And thinking about it, VW has just redone the spec levels so many dealers still have cars from March that are approaching the 90 days before they need to pay for them. If you want a Golf Plus, test drive it properly, huge frontal area cuts the economy (less than 40mpg on the 2.0tdi) and the 1.4 is slower than walking and the flexible rear seat actually cuts legroom......

Not so... I bought my wife a pre-reg VW Golf Plus 2.0 Tdi GT and we saved just over £4k. The thing has masses of space (more space in the back than my Audi Allroad) and can seat three teenagers without (much) complaint. I took it on a 260 mile round trip last weekend and averaged 53mpg... Fantastic car.

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i bought my VW Polo 95 2 years ago for £850 and it works just fine... :P

why spend loads of money on a brand new car? the second you drive it off the car lot you lose another few grand!

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Not so... I bought my wife a pre-reg VW Golf Plus 2.0 Tdi GT and we saved just over £4k. The thing has masses of space (more space in the back than my Audi Allroad) and can seat three teenagers without (much) complaint. I took it on a 260 mile round trip last weekend and averaged 53mpg... Fantastic car.

I drove it (2.0 tdi 140 manual) with three adults down to Barcelona - cruise on at 80. If you have small cases in the back, you have to slide the rear bench forward as the boot's fairly shallow, so you end up losing legroom, it has loads of room with seats back, but then it has less useful boot than an ordinary Golf - it does have loads of headroom, I'll give it that, but I am 5'10" and I could not get another 5'10" person comfortable behind me - I have no problem in a normal Golf. We ended up having to have one case on the back seat as the boot shape was so poor. I have had the same people and the same cases in a standard Golf and it was no problem at all.

The economy was autoroute all the way with cruise on - it averaged 38.6mpg (with climate on). The faster you go, the more of an issue the frontal area is.

I suppose like all things it's horses for courses, if the bags had been soft, we could have got them in, but the boot shape is just too short for any sort of flight case unless the rear bench is slid forward.....

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For some reason VW's marketing dept think I might be in the market for a W12 Phaeton at 70,000K. Then again, as 3.5 multiple gets me a 2 bed flat next to Feltham young offenders institute and under the heathrow flightpath I might just take hem up on the offer.... might as well spend it on something worthwhile

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Tomorrow my plan is to wrap a Carlsberg can round the exhaust of my '88 Toyota MR2 to see if I can get it through another MOT.

If I fail, I fail. Even with all the cash I've paid to have its sills sorted and its handbrake refurbished, It's still cost me well under £1 a mile for some serious fun:D.

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You guys dont look hard enough

Subaru Impreza 2.5 wrx - brand new 15499

Sub for 15499

Import - add in another £1500 for the three year warranty and you get to £17K, which is just about £500 less than you can screw a UK dealer for. A lot of Motorpoint's new cars are slightly odd spec, I should check these have the right alarm for insurance purposes for a start.

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These are 'Pack Cars' - VW always end up with a load of base spec. cars that they need to shift, normally happens when they introduce a light revision in spec. to the base model (a good example is the New Beetle Convertible, they were selling a non-power hood model for £3.5k below one with power).

Also, it is now possible to spec up a car online, have it delivered, and get the same kind of finance deals that you can in the dealership. I should imagine that dealers are having to be ultra keen to stave off the web threat.

OD

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You guys dont look hard enough

Subaru Impreza 2.5 wrx - brand new 15499

Sub for 15499

Wow thats a very good price .... Looks like an import though and pre-registered, will get screwed on insurance and warranty issues, no free servicing etc

Edited by Johnny

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Tomorrow my plan is to wrap a Carlsberg can round the exhaust of my '88 Toyota MR2 to see if I can get it through another MOT.

If I fail, I fail. Even with all the cash I've paid to have its sills sorted and its handbrake refurbished, It's still cost me well under £1 a mile for some serious fun:D.

I bloody love Mk1 Mr2's - so 80's that they hurt! I am growing a mullet so that I can drive mine with the T-Tops out, and you should see the size of my mobile phone! I need planning permission to extend the ariel!

OD

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I drove it (2.0 tdi 140 manual) with three adults down to Barcelona - cruise on at 80. If you have small cases in the back, you have to slide the rear bench forward as the boot's fairly shallow, so you end up losing legroom, it has loads of room with seats back, but then it has less useful boot than an ordinary Golf - it does have loads of headroom, I'll give it that, but I am 5'10" and I could not get another 5'10" person comfortable behind me - I have no problem in a normal Golf. We ended up having to have one case on the back seat as the boot shape was so poor. I have had the same people and the same cases in a standard Golf and it was no problem at all.

The economy was autoroute all the way with cruise on - it averaged 38.6mpg (with climate on). The faster you go, the more of an issue the frontal area is.

I suppose like all things it's horses for courses, if the bags had been soft, we could have got them in, but the boot shape is just too short for any sort of flight case unless the rear bench is slid forward.....

38mpg! I can only assume those cases you were carrying were full of gold...

I agree with you about the boot though - it struggles to accomodate my son's cricket bag. We use the car for the school run for which it is perfect but would not use it to take a family of 5 with luggage as once you slide the bench seat forwards the rear legroom disappears in an instant.

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Thanks for all the interesting comments.

My tuppenceworth on the Golf Plus - lots of room for 6 foot plus long-legged people and does not have that annoying plastic dashboard of the Golf digging into your left thigh/knee. Feels more spacious and comfortable than the Golf but apparently there is only an inch difference - an inch, as we all know, makes a huge difference though :-)

My local delaer has a reputation, true or not I do not know, for not budging at all on price but this might be an urban myth in this part of the World. Have to say I am not too impressed with Golf or Golf Plus owner reviews over on whatcar.com though.

IMPO new cars are just hugely over-priced. End of story.

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How do the Seat and Skoda "hot hatch" clones compare to the Golf these days? Cars aren't my thing.I got a GTI - 1 previous owner but I've thrashed it about - 150k on the clock now. I'm thinking about a replacement .

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It is worth going through the reviews on the whatcar and parkers websites. Apparently they are just as good but at a cheaper price. I think one of the Top Gear presenters commented as to why people would pay more for a VW than a Skoda these days and I think the mid range Skoda is a whatcar pick. I think Honestjohn says the Seat Altea is over-priced though for what it is.

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These are 'Pack Cars' - VW always end up with a load of base spec. cars that they need to shift, normally happens when they introduce a light revision in spec. to the base model (a good example is the New Beetle Convertible, they were selling a non-power hood model for £3.5k below one with power).

Also, it is now possible to spec up a car online, have it delivered, and get the same kind of finance deals that you can in the dealership. I should imagine that dealers are having to be ultra keen to stave off the web threat.

OD

VW did the same when it made air standard on a Golf - there were a lot of lemons out there, even 1.9tdis with no air and dealers trying to tell you it would make no difference come resale time, yeah, right.....

They were cheap, but they were silly specs, e.g. no air, but 6 CD changer in the armrest, bigger alloys and uprated speakers and fog lamps and mostly in puke green.

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